News: Socially Distanced Performance "Static Apnea (2020)" Begins Sept. 12


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the american vicarious in collaboration with The Invisible Dog Art Center will present the New York Premiere of Static Apnea (2020) a socially distanced performative installation beginning performances on September 12, 2020.

Conceived and directed by Founding Artistic Director, Christopher McElroen, Static Apnea (2020) features text by Julia Watt and is performed by Isabella Pinheiro and Jenny Tibbels. The design team includes Troy Hourie (Installation Designer), Zach Weeks (Lighting Designer) and Andy Evan Cohen (Sound Designer).

The discipline of holding one’s breath underwater, motionless - static apnea. Breath has been taken away. By a virus. By a knee. By the uncertainty. The struggle to restore it has rendered us motionless, collectively holding our breath.

Do you know how long you can hold your breath? Would it be long enough to save yourself? Would it be long enough to save someone you love?

One audience member, surrounded by a tunnel of blue light, descends towards a single performer behind a wall of glass. In a 9-minute and 2-second performance – the female record for static apnea  – this performative installation explores how far one might be willing to go to save a life.

Static Apnea (2020) is staged in a 40’ storage container that has been designed specifically for this production. It is open at both ends, has high powered fans and air purifiers to ensure proper air flow. Each audience member will be required to wear a face mask and a plexiglass wall will separate him/her/them from the performer.

Static Apnea (2020) runs September 12 - October 17, Thursday - Saturday from 1pm to 7pm and Sundays from 1pm to 5pm at The Invisible Dog Art Center, 51 Bergen Street in Carroll Gardens. Tickets are free. Reservations for specific entry times can be made here. Walk-ups will be accommodated if entry times are available.


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